gigantic

adjective gi·gan·tic \ jī-ˈgan-tik , jə- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of gigantic

: exceeding the usual or expected (as in size, force, or prominence)

gigantically

play \jī-ˈgan-ti-k(ə-)lē, jə-\ adverb

Examples of gigantic in a Sentence

  1. a raccoon got into the trash and now there's a gigantic mess in our backyard

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Origin and Etymology of gigantic

Greek gigantikos, from gigant-, gigas giant

Synonym Discussion of gigantic

enormous, immense, huge, vast, gigantic, colossal, mammoth mean exceedingly large. enormous and immense both suggest an exceeding of all ordinary bounds in size or amount or degree, but enormous often adds an implication of abnormality or monstrousness.
    • an enormous expense
    • an immense shopping mall
huge commonly suggests an immensity of bulk or amount.
    • incurred a huge debt
vast usually suggests immensity of extent.
    • the vast Russian steppes
gigantic stresses the contrast with the size of others of the same kind.
    • a gigantic sports stadium
colossal applies especially to a human creation of stupendous or incredible dimensions.
    • a colossal statue of Lincoln
mammoth suggests both hugeness and ponderousness of bulk.
    • a mammoth boulder

GIGANTIC Defined for English Language Learners

gigantic

adjective

Definition of gigantic for English Language Learners

  • : extremely large


GIGANTIC Defined for Kids

gigantic

adjective gi·gan·tic \ jī-ˈgan-tik \

Definition of gigantic for Students

: extremely large or great (as in size, weight, or strength)
  • Gigantic waves crashed on the beach.


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